Top critical review
12 August 2017
I don't normally do reviews but the quality of the monitor i received was terrible. I am assuming the panel I received was defective.
There were stuck pixels. There were dead pixels. There was a cluster of pixels that were neither dead or stuck, they just glowed much brighter than the surrounding pixels. If you could ignore all of that, you wouldn't have been able to ignore the horrendous pixel inversion (if that is the correct description). Any transition from a light colour to a dark(er) colour would create all kinds of random lines extending across the rest of the monitor. Having more than one window open on the screen was just painful as they would generate thin lines across each other. In order to eliminate user error, I tried several different cables across three different PCs and the issue remained constant throughout (and this issue is not evident on any other monitor I have).
Now, if you could ignore all of that (trust me, you can't), you will be rewarded with vibrant colours and really nice black levels ................ however, that's assuming the image is static. As soon as on screen motion is involved the blacks just turn into a horrible, streaky mess, bleeding into the rest of the image. It's bad, really bad.
Ignoring all of the above (highly unlikely), build quality is pretty good .......... however, the LED light guide on the right hand side was noticeably dimmer than the left hand side and the cable ports on the rear of the monitor didn't line up very well the holes in the case. It has a little arm on the side for storing your headphones, I would have used this (no joke).
To check that I wasn't having some kind of brain event, I did a side by side comparison of this monitor vs my cheap 4k monitor from 2014 (the acer CB280HK). The acer has no visible defects and is actually nicer to game on. This is what leads me to believe that the monitor I received was defective.
I did contact AOC regarding this monitor and whether a replacement would be afflicted with such horrible issues but they were unable to confirm as they said they don't manufacture it (?). Thanks AOC.
In conclusion, what I received was horrible. Maybe this monitor slipped through quality control? I'll never know as I'm never buying anything made by AOC again (or not made by AOC in this case, as don't forget, they don't manufacture it). This review only covers the monitor that I received. I've given it two stars as I would have used the headphone arm thing (no joke).
Amazon have been excellent in sorting out the return and refund of this purchase.
update....I have added a couple of images. It should be noted that these issues are much more obvious in person.